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Fisher Point via Sandys Canyon TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 08 2018
KBKB
Hiking9.30 Miles 860 AEG
Hiking9.30 Miles   3 Hrs   38 Mns   2.89 mph
860 ft AEG      25 Mns Break24 LBS Pack
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My wife and I hiked Sandy's Canyon and then something over a mile into Walnut Canyon. On the way back, I went up to Fisher Overlook to check out the views.

So, getting there... the written driving directions are correct for the hike, but the GPS coordinates for Google (and probably the other mapping services too) are incorrect - they led us to the nearby campground instead of Sandy's Trailhead. Not a big deal - it was easy to get to the correct starting location, but someone may want to correct this. [EDIT: Ignore the preceding paragraph - GPS coordinates for the drive have been fixed. The official GPS track has also been fixed to start at the trailhead instead of the campground.]

When we got there, I realized that I had been there once or twice back in the late eighties or early nineties. But I hadn't hiked Sandy's Canyon. I went there with some of my climbing buddies to climb at The Pit. I wasn't very good back then and really struggled on those climbs. I'd probably still struggle on them, but perhaps for different reasons.

Sandy's Canyon is okay. Walnut Canyon is a lot better - good views and more enclosed. Some cool caves along the way. The view from Fisher Overlook is okay too, but I couldn't find a point at which to see much of Walnut Canyon due to trees. (But due to time constraints, I didn't spend a lot of time up there.) In hindsight, I think my time might have been better spent hiking more of Walnut Canyon.

Like everywhere else I've hiked recently, it's really dry there.

It seemed to be a popular spot; we saw a number of other hikers and mountain bikers - a surprising number of mountain bikers. We had dropped our daughter off for an event at NAU; we found it to be a quick and easy drive to and from the campus.
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